Phalkun graduated secondary school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She comes from a family of four, where she is the oldest child. She is interested in many subjects, but has focused primarily on language studies, mastering English and the national Khmer language. In order to continue her academic career, she lived apart from her parents to study at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP). She attended AUPP thanks to a full scholarship, in reward for her top 10 score on the National exam. Recently, she was invited to speak at the Summit Foundation of Cambodia on the subject of the future of youth involvement in education. Her positive experience speaking at the summit has propelled her toward understanding and wanting to solve larger international issues, such as public health. This last year, Phalkun volunteered in promoting the forest in Cambodia as well as teaching for Global Peace Youth Cambodia. In the Fall, Phalkun began her freshman year at Lafayette College, where she studies International Relations. Following her studies, she hopes to return to Cambodia to join the growing number of educated women advocating for expanded women’s rights.